I spent most of the week wrapping up loose ends, cutting firewood, and taking care of last minute chores before we kick it into high gear this weekend. Terry Peterson and I did have a chance however to get in one last scouting mission on Monday. We picked the perfect day for it… Cloudy, windy, rainy, and cold. How’s that for a forecast? Despite the crummy conditions, we were able to fish three different lakes in the Hayward area. Our first objective was to locate some crappies. We found plenty in 6′ – 8′ of water, but size was an issue. The largest we caught was 11″, but most were around 6 – 8 inches. We used plastics under slip bobbers and tried to find thick patches of weeds that would be holding fish in the cold front. I’m not sure where the big slabs were, but we couldn’t find them. Water temps were 58 degrees. After a couple of hours on crappies we moved to lake #2 and searched for some walleyes. Our first two spots didn’t produce, but spot #3 had plenty of fish up to 17″. Jigs and minnows pitched into new weeds emerging in 6′ of water was our approach. The fish weren’t overly aggressive, and we missed as many as we landed with the light bite. No worries. We’ll come back when they’re hungry! Water temps were 56 degrees. On to lake #3… It didn’t take us long to find a pile of fish on the wind blown shoreline in 6′ – 8′ of water with jigs/minnows and slip bobbers. All of the fish we landed were between 15 and 17 inches and water temps were 57 degrees. These fish were very aggressive, and the action was steady until we had to pull the pin and call it a day. We were wet, cold, and tired, but we were happy!
While I was taking care of my domestic responsibilities, Terry spent the rest of the week working on the water. To rub a little salt in my wounds, he sent me this picture of an awesome 29″ walleye he caught while fishing with long time customer Orville Landry from Hinsdale, IL. It’s the second largest walleye Terry has ever caught with a 30″ fish topping the list last year. Terry said the fish smacked a crankbait in 5′ of water. What a great fish, and I couldn’t think of a better guy to land it. Congrats buddy!!! Beginning Saturday we’ll be in full swing for the next six months, and I’ll be posting two reports per week with the people, places, and fish that we’re getting. Stay tuned, and have a great weekend everyone!
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